The traditional way to apply foundation and concealer was with a brush. Over the past few years though beauty sponges have been all the rage. Yet the difficult thing about a sponge though can be the cleaning. If you rip it from scrubbing so hard you have to throw it out but at the same time if you don’t scrub hard enough nothing will work. A few months back I was over trying to clean my beauty sponges. I tried face wash and shampoo and neither worked, it was a dirty, stained hot mess every single time. It got to the point where I wouldn’t even bother cleaning it or would apply soap to it, rinse and give up. I had been eyeing the Beauty Blender cleanser solid for a while but had never got around to actually buying it. THEN one day when I saw their instagram story using it I realized it probably wasn’t the formula of the soap, it might be the solid. So I figured why not give it a try with a normal bar of soap. I don’t know why I never googled better ways to clean a beauty sponge before because I probably would of saved months of frustration cleaning these things. Better late then never.
To get your sponge looking like new it only takes 4 things. A bar of soap, your hands, your beauty sponge and water. Easy peasy right? The bar works better than liquid because it allows the product to sink into the sponge, scrubbed and rinsed all at the same time. Between rubbing the sponge on the bar of soap and then massaging it with your hands the dirt and stains will lift right out. Liquid soap soaks into the sponge and then requires only your hands to squeeze out the dirt. I truly don’t understand the science behind it but it works magic and that’s all that matters.
So how do I clean my beauty sponge?
STEP ONE: Grab everything you’re going to need in order to clean the sponge. So your bar of soap, the sponge and go stand at the sink. I really like the dove beauty bar to clean mine. I originally snagged a bar of soap from a hotel and used that but I felt like it was drying my sponges out more than I liked. A drying soap isn’t a bad thing because it will help draw out bacteria and sanitize it but I just didn’t like how it felt. The Dove bar cleans just as well and didn’t feel like it was stripping the sponge.
STEP TWO: Wet the soap and the sponge just a bit. While holding them under the water rub your sponge against the soap. Hold the sponge firmly so you get a good grip so you can apply decent pressure; just make sure you don’t squeeze with your nails. This will rip it and we don’t want that since we pay a lot for these little guys. Small rips aren’t the end of the world but they can lead to bacteria getting trapped and more tears. I also scrub the sponge against the soap out of the water too but under the water works a lot better. Massaging the sponge between your thumb and fingers works wonders as well because you can push the soap around and dirt out.
STEP THREE: Rinse. Squeeze. Repeat. We don’t want excess soap in our sponge so you want to make sure your rinsing it out well. Squeezing it under the water a few times will work just fine. BUT double check just in case. A few extra seconds won’t kill ya. Get the sponge filled and squeeze away from the water so you can see if any soap is still coming out, if there is then rinse a few more times.
STEP FOUR: Drying. I recommend leaving your sponge out in the open air to dry instead of in a drawer. It will just dry faster instead of staying damp.
This trick was a lifesaver for me and now I don’t despise cleaning them so I hope this is helpful for you! It’s also a bonus that they look pretty much brand new after they are cleaned. Below is a picture of what a brand new, never used sponge looks like (left) VS one just cleaned after a few months of use(right).
My favorite sponges are Beauty Blenders and Real Techniques. I love how both feel (not too dense) and the size (they blow up like balloons when wet and can really mod to whatever shape you need). The Real Techniques sponge is about $10 cheaper and has a flat side to it so that is also something to take into consideration. Warning my pink (original) beauty blenders bleed when washed. It doesn’t matter if its wash one or 20, it bleeds. I don’t have problems with my orange, green or blue one though so I’m assuming its something with that particular dye. Don’t worry though, its still bright pink after each wash. I have recently been trying out the morphe’s real technique sponge and liking it but have yet to fall in love.
Have a happy day my friends!